There’s nothing worse than investing in a superstar for your NFLUK team only to find he’s a no-go. This week, a series of big name receivers have gone (or stayed) down with injury - including fantasy regulars Hakeem Nicks (Giants) and Greg Jennings (Packers). You can add Danny Amendola - who broke his collarbone in last night’s Rams’ win - to the list of walking wounded.
So let’s get the lowdown on the latest injury and depth chart news from across the league - and find out what the repercussions of the Nicks/Jennings issues really are:
- Tennessee WR Kenny Britt’s ankle injury is not healing as quickly as hoped and he looks doubtful for Sunday. Counterpart Kendall Wright should continue to develop in his absence.
- New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot) is thought likely to miss the remainder of the Jets’ season. His absence leaves an opportunity for Jeremy Kerley to enter the starting lineup - and leaves the Jets’ passing offense in very poor shape.
- New Orleans WR Lance Moore is dealing with a hamstring injury and his status bears watching in the run up to Sunday. Look for Darren Sproles to get more receiving work out of the backfield if he sits.
- Green Bay WR Greg Jennings has been ruled out by the Packers for week five - Jordy Nelson and James Jones - who had a strong showing in week four - are good plays versus the Colts.
- New York Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks has been ruled out for week five too - reserve Dominic Hixon performed admirably against Philadelphia and should have a major role this weekend too. Ramses Barden is iffy with a concussion.
- Atlanta WR Julio Jones (hand) was hindered last weekend but vows to be at full strength come Sunday against a dicey Redskins secondary.
- Philadelphia WR Jeremy Maclin is no longer listed on the Eagles injury report - yet seems to have fallen behind DeSean Jackson in the WR pecking order.
- Washington WR Pierre Garcon has returned to a full practice at last. Still, the receiver cautions that his injured foot still isn’t 100%. Leonard Hankerson should still see plenty of targets in week five.
- Chicago RB Matt Forte is nearing 100% as he recovers from an ankle injury. He should post decent numbers at Jacksonville.
- Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall will see his first action of the season against the Eagles. He is expecting a heavy load, but the Steelers are more likely to ease him back in.
- Houston RB Ben Tate could be a gametime decision on Sunday as he deals with a toe issue. Starter Arian Foster is seeing the lion’s share of the carries regardless.
- Miami RB Reggie Bush (knee) is ready to roll against Cincinnati - he has excelled with the ball in his hands this season and should thrive in Ohio.
- New England RB Brandon Bolden has been limited by a knee issue, but seems likely to play versus Denver. He nonetheless appears to be firmly behind Stevan Ridley on the depth chart.
- New England TE Aaron Hernandez is back at Patriots practice - but remains an outside bet at best to play in week five.
- Tennessee TE Jared Cook (shoulder) has been limited in practice but should go against Minnesota Sunday.
- Tennessee QB Jake Locker has been ruled out for week five. Matt Hasselbeck will start in his place and could post reasonable numbers at Minnesota.
- Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has been limited by a hip issue. His early season momentum has slowed down with a so-so performance in week four.
- San Diego K Nate Kaeding is out with a groin issue. Replacement Nick Novak is a good bet for significant points as long as Kaeding is rehabbing.